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Beijing Shanghai 8 Day Smart Tour

Destinations: Beijing Shanghai
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Type: Self-guided and Organized Tour
Tour Code: CSTP-04
Price: Starting from US$ 469 p/p

Beijing Shanghai Map
Day By Day Itinerary
Day 01
Arrival at Beijing

On arrival in Beijing airport or railway station, you are met by our driver with a sign in your name and comfortably transferred to your hotel - Tian Rui Hotel Beijing we have booked for you. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city on your own.

Donghuamen Night Food MarketWell, check in and settle down at Tian Rui Hotel. We suggest you go out in the evening to walk off your meals you had on your long flights and relax yourself a bit. Out from your hotel, turn right and walk along the Baishu Hutong (柏树胡同) to the west for about 50m, you will see St.Joseph's Church, the famous Catholic Church on Wangfujing Avenue. Then turn left and stroll along Wangfujing Street(王府井大街), the most famous commercial street in Beijing.

Wangfujing Street is 1600 meters in length, running from south to north. Now part of it has been transformed into a pedestrian street since 1999. Its 810m pedestrian section starts from the south ( Chang'an Street ) and finishes at the crossroad in the north. East of the crossroad is Jinyu Hutong ( 金鱼胡同)and west is Donganmen Street(东安门大街). 

Along the Donganmen Street there is a well-known night food street called the Donghuamen Night Food Market(东华门美食坊夜市). Explore the Wangfujing Street and have a bite of the local food at Donghuamen Night Food Market before going back to your hotel for a sound sleep.

Meals: No

Tian Rui Hotel Beijing
Day 02

Today you will visit the city area on your own. We suggest you visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and Back Lakes (Hou Hai).

Forbidden CityYou may walk to Tiananmen Square (3.3km) or take subway line 5. For subway travel, out from your hotel and walk on your left side along the narrow lane known as Baishu Hutong 柏树胡同(Cypress Lane) for about 150m, you will get to the Exit A of Dengshikou Station 灯市口 of Subway Line 5. You first take subway line 5 from Dengshikou Station 灯市口 ( Exit A) to the south direction and alight at the next station of Dongdan (东单站), then interchange for subway line 1 to the west and alight at the second station of Tiananmen East (天安门东) and exit from Exit D, and you will see Tiananmen Square. 

Beside the square itself, Tiananmen Square is mainly composed of the national flagpole (spectacular flag ceremony) in the north; the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong in the middle and the beautiful Zhengyang Gate in the south. Please check Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square for more information.

Through a underground tunnel, you move on from Tiananmen Square to the Tiananmen Gate on the north of Tiananmen Square. Passing through Tiananmen Gate, you will get to the south gate to Forbidden City (entrance fee: RMB 65), also known as the Imperial Palace Museum. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. There are two main entrances to the Forbidden City - the southern gate ( Meridian Gate – Wumen) and northern gate( Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men ). The southern gate is linked to Tiananmen Gate and Tiananmen Square to the south. You have to enter Forbidden City from its southern gate and eixt from its northern gate, which is officially set as a one-way south to north travel route. Please check Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips for more information. 

Jingshan just sits across the north gate to Forbidden City. After finishing your visit of Forbidden City from south to north, you exit from Forbidden City's north gate. Raising your head, you will find a pavilion with three layered eaves atop a hill. The hill is called Jingshan Hill ( Coal Hill or prospect Hill). The main road between the north gate area of Forbiden City and the south gate to Jingshan Park is full blocked. To get across to the south gate to Jingshan Park, you just turn left for 20 meters and take the underground pass. Line up for the tickets: RMB 2 per person (RMB10 per person during Peony Festival April and May). Opening hours: 6am – 9pm all year round. Enter the south gate and follow your nose climbing up to the top of the hill and get to the pavillion named Wanchun pavilion perched high on the hill for a panoramic view of Forbidden City. Please check Jingshan Park not to be missed and Sunset View at Jingshan Park for more information. Outside the west gate to Jingshan Park, you may find a local restaurant for a simple Chinese lunch. 

Move on to the east gate to Beihai Park opposite the west gate to Jingshan Park. Beihai Park (entrance fee: RMB 10), dubbed as Winter Palace by westerners, is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China. This huge imperial garden has a history of over 1,000 years. Originally built in 938 during Liao Dynasty(916 – 1125). The park was repaired and rebuilt in the successive dynasties including Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (1125 – 1644). It was first opened to the public in 1925. Beihai Park is well known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavillions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, the White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city. Please check How to visit Beihai Park Beijing for more information.

Exit from the northern gate to Beihai Park and cross the Dianmen East Avenue (地安门西大街), you are in Shichahai Area (often referred as ”Houhai”, or “Back Lake” by foreign visitors who kill time in its bar area in the evening). Please check How to visit Shichahai for more information. 

After visiting and relaxing in Shichahai area, you may go back to the Dianmen West Avenue (地安门西大街) opposite the north gate to Beihai Park and turn right (west) and walk about 300m, you will get to the Exit B of Beihai Bei (Beihai North) Subway Station of Subway Line 6 ( 6号地铁北海北站), take the subway to the east direction and alight at the 3th station of Dengshikou (灯市口), exit from Exit A. Just by the Exit A there is a narrow lane known as Baishu Hutong 柏树胡同(Cypress Lane), you enter the Baishu Hutong at its east entrance and walk toward the west about 150m, you will find your Tian Rui Hotel on your right side. The last subway train leaves around 11:00pm. If you miss the train due to your happy time in Houhai, you take a taxi back to your hotel from Shichahai area ( taxi fare around RMB30 for 5km ).

Meals: Hotel Breakfast

Tian Rui Hotel Beijing
Day 03

Toaday you will join in a local tour group to visit Mutianyu Great Wall ( On the evening before your group tour departure early next morning, you will get a call or message from your tour guide to reconfirm your next morning's pickup time).

Mutianyu Great WallPick up at your hotel around 7:00am. Head to the Mutianyu Great Wall. The Mutianyu Great Wall is known for its beautiful surroundings - dense woods and rich pastures changing colors with the seasons of a year. This section of the Great Wall is located in Huairou District 80km on the northeast of Beijing. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, Mutianyu section of Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. If you want to reach the highest point, cable car is a good choice (optional). Return to your hotel around 2:30pm.

Tour Plan
Hotel pick up by our tour guide and driver between 7:00am and 7:30am 
Sihgtseeing  drive to Great Wall at Mutianyu (50 minutes) 
Walk at Mutianyu Great Wall (2.5 hours). (Optional: Great Wall Cable Car, and slides) 
Chinese lunch at a local restaurant ( 1 hour for lunch) 
Transferred back to downtown and drop-off at your hotel before 2:30pm

You are free to explore the city on your own in the later afternoon.

Meals: Hotel breakfast and Chinese lunch

Tian Rui Hotel Beijing
Day 04
Beijing Shanghai

Today you explore the city on your own till a pre-arranged private transfer from your hotel to Beijing West Railway Station for an overnight train going to Xian (4-bed cabin).

We suggest you visit Temple of Heaven, Qianmen Street and Summer Palace.

Summer PalaceAfter breakfast, take subway line 5 from the station of Dengshikou (灯市口) to the south direction and alight at the 4th station of Tiantan Dongmen (天坛东门), exit from Exit A1 and you will see the east gate to the Temple of Heaven 天坛 (entrance fee: RMB15). It was first constructed in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming emperor Yongle. It was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest. Check How to visit the Temple of Heaven for information. 

After visiting Temple of Heaven, return to the subway station of Tiantan Dongmen (天坛东门), take the subway line 5 to the north direction and alight at the second station of Chongwenmen (崇文门) and interchange for subway line 2 to the west direction and get off at the next station of Qianmen (前门) and exit at either B or C. The Qianmen Subway Station is sandwiched by two towers - Zhengyangmen Tower in the north and Zhengyangmen Arrow Tower in the south. The northern entrance to Qianmen Street (前门大街) is just behind Zhengyangmen Arrow Tower. North of Zhengyangmen Tower is Tiananmen Square. Check How to Visit Qianmen Area Beijing for more information. Qianmen Street is dotted with eateries of various tastes. Just grab a bite for your lunch here.

Again return to the subway station of Qianmen (前门) and take the subway line 2 to the west direction and alight at the second station of Xuanwumen (宣武门), then interchange for subway line 4 to the northest direction and get off at the 16th station ( the last but one ) of Beigongmen (北宫门) and exit from Exit D and walk to the west, soon you will see the north gate ( Beigongmen Gate 北宫门 )to Summer Palace 颐和园 (entrance fee:RMB30) on your left side. There are three main gates to Summer Palace. Beigongmen Gate is the north gate. 

Check How to Visit Summer Palace for more information. At the end of your Summer Palace tour, return to the north gate to take subway line 4 to the east direction and alight at the 10th station of Xizhimen (西直门), then interchange for subway line 2 and get off at the 4th station Yonghegong ( Lama Temple ) 雍和宫站, again interchange for subway line 5 to the south direction and alight at the 4th station of Dengshikou (灯市口), exit from Exit A. Just by the Exit A there is a narrow lane known as Baishu Hutong 柏树胡同(Cypress Lane), you enter the Baishu Hutong at its east entrance and walk toward the west about 150m, you will find your Tian Rui Hotel on your right side. The taxi ride from Summer Palace to Tian Rui Hotel costs about RMB80 (25km). 

On the later afternoon ( the exact time to be settled by your trip advisor from our company), you are comfortably transferred to Beijing train station for an overnight train from Beijing to Shanghai.

Meals: Hotel breakfast

 stay overnight train ( 4-bed cabin )
Day 05
Arrival in Shanghai

Upon arrival at Shanghai in the morning, please find your way to Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai.Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai is located to the northwest of Shanghai Railway Station, just about 100 meters'walk. 

PudongThis afternoon, we suggest you visit Jin Mao Tower ( in Pudong New Area ), Nanjing Road, and the Bund on your own. First you walk to the Subway Station at Shanghai Railway Station and take subway line 1 and alight at the third stop of People's Square (人民广场), interchange for subway line 2 to the east direction and alight at the second stop of Lujiazui (陆家嘴) and exit from Exit 4 and walk eastward along the Century Avenue (世纪大道) for about 540m and you will see Jin Mao Tower (entrance fee: RMB100) on your right side. At the time of my writing, Jin Mao Tower is the third tallest building in Shanghai as well as in the whole China. No Shanghai is complete without ascending the 88-floor building and having a panoramic view of Huangpu River, the Bund and the city of Shanghai. 

At the end of your Jin Mao Tower tour, return to the subway station of Lujiazui (陆家嘴) and take subway line 2 to the west direction and get off at the next station of East Nanjing Road (南京东路) and exit either from Exit 1 or 4 and walk to the east directiong along the East Nanjing Road. Shanghai Nanjing Road is a walking street that is always packed with people waching other people. It is regarded as the first commercial road in Shanghai. 

After about 1 km's walk, you will reach the Bund. The Bund and its east skyline of Pudong new development zone is the avant-garde area in China and the world as well in arts, architecture, finance and etc. The colonial-era buildings in early 1920s flanked by the bund and the most advanced and morden structures by its neighnbours in Pudong area across Huangpu river post a sharp contrast to the fast development in Shanghai. The Bund at Night is brilliant! You may stroll along the Bund till its nightfall. If time permits, you may take a night boat cruising on the Huangpu River ( about RMB 100 for one hour) from the Shiliupu Wharf, a 5-minute walk south of the Bund. 

At the end of your day, you may walk back to the subway station of East Nanjing Road (南京东路) and get off at the station of People's Square (人民广场), and interchange for subway line 1 and alight at the station of Shanghai Railway Station (上海火车站), exit from Exit 4 and walk to your hotel, about 60 meters to the northwest of the train station. Dog-tired? Take s shower and go to bed

Meals: Hotel Breakfast

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai
Day 06
Shanghai Suzhou Shanghai

Today you will join in the local tour group to visit Suzhou.

Zhouzhuang WatertownPicked up from your midtown hotel in Shanghai. Drive about one hour and get to Suzhou - the famous World Culture Heritage crowned gardent city. The city is often referred to as "The Venice of the Earth." Its famous private gardens are listed as World Culture Heritage. 

First visit Suzhou Lingering Garden. Lingering Garden has a history of over 400 years, the best preserved among all the Suzhou gardens. The garden was originally built in 1583 of by Xu Taishi, an official of the Ming court, as his private living place. After expanded and renovated for several times, it has the new face what it looks today.

Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory - Shopping (40 minutes)
Local Restaurant-Lunch (1 hour)

After lunch, continue to drive about 2 hours and reach the charming Zhouzhuang Watertown. Located at the middle situation between Shanghai and Suzhou, Zhouzhuang is surrounded with rivers, lakes and numerous exquisite hump bridges. Zhouzhuang also boasts many cultural and historical relics, including the houses of Shen and Zhang, the Milou Tower, Ye Chucang's Former Residence etc. This town has the best water town preserved in China with over 900 years and most of houses in the town were constructed in Ming (1368-1644) or Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). The rivers and streams in Zhouzhuang passes the town and are connected by 14 stone-arch bridges. After the tour in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, transferred back to your midtown hotel in Shanghai.

Meals: Hotel Breakfast and Chinese lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai
Day 07

Today you again explore the city on your own. We recommend you visit the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and Yuyuan Garden and Bazzar. 

Yuyuan Garden and BazzarAfter breakfast at your hotel, check out and deposit your heavy baggage at the hotel front desk. Leave your hotel, first you walk to the Subway Station at Shanghai Railway Station and take subway line 1 and alight at the third stop of People's Square (人民广场), exit from Exit 1 and you will see the circular building of Shanghai Museum in the shape of an ancient bronze ding (entrance fee: free ). Get ready for your passport to get a free ticket for the museum. The museum has the selection of over 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times. It is impossible to visit all the artifacts in the museum and just get a feel of what is interesting to you. 

Then walk about 440m to the northwest of Shanghai Museum, you will see Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall ( entrance fee: free ). Its entrance is from Xizang Road by the Exit 2 of People's Square Subway Station. On the third floor, you will see the exhibits featuring Shanghai's idealised future at the end of 2020. The future's plan is seet on a model supported by maps and photos. 

Next, we suggest you visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazzar (entrance fee: RMB 30 for Yuyuan Garden). Entering the Exit 2 of People's Square Subway, then take subway line 2 to the east direction and alight at the next stop of East Nanjing Road (南京东路), then interchange for Subway line 10 to the south and get off at the next stop of Yuyuan Garden (豫园), exit from Exit 1. Walk to the south, you will come across Fuyou Road (福佑路), walk along Fuyou to the east direction for about 800m and you will get to the Yuyuan compound which includes Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Shopping Mall and Bazaar. Yuyuan is the most famous garden in Shanghai. It is located in the heart of Shanghai's Old City, one of the few existant old tourist places in Shanghai. Close to the gardens is Shanghai's bazaar, a great number of small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people. 

Go back to your hotel by subway 10, interchange for subway 2 and 1. Or you may take a taxi directly from Yuyuan Garden to your hotel Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai (taxi fare: about RMB40). 

Meal: Breakfast at hotel

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Zhabei Shanghai
Day 08
Shanghai Exit

You are free to explore the city on your own. Pick-up from your hotel ( pick-up time to be settled by our trip advisor) and you are either transferred to Shanghai airport and train station for your next destination.

Meals: Hotel Breakfast at hotel 

Hotel: No

Price List for this tour   ( US$ Per Person )
Travelling Party Peak Season
(March to November)
Off Season
(December, January, February)
2 persons $569 $549
3-5 persons $559 $539
6-9 persons $529 $509
10 persons up $489 $469
Single room supplement $190 $170

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2. Beijing - Shanghai soft sleeper tickets ( 4-bed cabin )
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Price Exclusion:
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